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Alienation and Depoliticization: Rejoining Radical Democracy with the Critique of Capitalism

Anita Chari

in A Political Economy of the Senses: Neoliberalism, Reification, Critique

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231173896
eISBN:
9780231540384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231173896.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter reconstructs Karl Marx’s concepts of alienation and commodity fetishism, and puts Marx’s writings to work in understanding the historical specificity of the capitalist articulations of ... More


Why Market Socialism?

N. Scott Arnold

in The Philosophy and Economics of Market Socialism: A Critical Study

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195088274
eISBN:
9780199853014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195088274.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The dispute between capitalism and socialism is highlighted by the events in the late 1980s and beyond, which witnessed the repudiation of central planning. Though the reason for the repudiation ... More


Fighting Fetishism: Biocultural Readings of Social Hieroglyphs

Sanjay Kabir Bavikatte

in Stewarding The Earth: Rethinking Property and the Emergence of Biocultural Rights

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198098669
eISBN:
9780199083046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198098669.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

This chapter notes that the persistence of the trope of the homo economicus as symptomatic of something much deeper. It develops the argument that the homo economicus is a secondary symptom whose ... More


Reification and Redemption of Bare Life in Adorno and Agamben

Miguel Vatter

in The Republic of the Living: Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823256013
eISBN:
9780823261291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256013.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter traces the biopolitical motifs in the early Frankfurt School and shows that Agamben’s political thought is a radicalization of these motifs already present in the debate between Benjamin ... More


Mutual Affection-Images and Daydreaming Consumers

Eric S. Jenkins

in Special Affects: Cinema, Animation and the Translation of Consumer Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748695478
eISBN:
9781474406413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695478.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyzes Disney's full-length features to illustrate how Disney develops mutual affection-images as interfaces for the mode of animistic mimesis. It is in these mutual affection-images ... More


Substance Value

André Orléan

in The Empire of Value: A New Foundation for Economics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262026970
eISBN:
9780262323901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026970.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Resolving the enigma of what is called market isolation—how the activities of agents who are strangers to one another, as neoclassical theory supposes, come to be reliably coordinated—depends on ... More


Secularization, Dialectics, and Critique

Peter E. Gordon

in The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190254087
eISBN:
9780190254117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190254087.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter takes note of Santner’s original attempt to combine a Marxian critique of commodity fetishism with a political-theological reading of the “doxology” of modern capitalism, but he argues ... More


Writing at the Margins: Postcolonialism, Exoticism and the Politics of Cultural Value (from The Postcolonial Exotic)

Graham Huggan

in Bourdieu and Postcolonial Studies

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781781382967
eISBN:
9781781384084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382967.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter reprints the introduction to The Postcolonial Exotic to set the stage for all of the Bourdieu-inspired approaches to postcolonial studies that will follow. Huggan shows how the ... More


Contexts of the Aesthetic

Alexander Gelley

in Benjamin's Passages: Dreaming, Awakening

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262564
eISBN:
9780823266562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262564.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The problem of philosophical aesthetics may be formulated in a double sense: What justifies the privileged access of art to truth? What constitutes the historicity of art’s “configurational” status? ... More


Oboroten Spectres: Lycanthropy, Neoliberalism and New Russia in Victor Pelevin

WReC (Warwick Research Collective)

in Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381892
eISBN:
9781781382264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381892.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Victor Pelevin's work, and especially his novel, The Sacred Book of the Werewolf, suggesting that the shock of transition from communism to neoliberal capitalism is indexed in ... More


Dark Materialism: Gothic Objects, Commodities and Things

Fred Botting

in The Gothic and Theory: An Edinburgh Companion

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474427777
eISBN:
9781474465083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427777.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter theorises the significance and effect of the strange objects and spectral Things populating Gothic fiction. It develops a novel and dual sense of materialism by combining Georges ... More


Literary Deliriums: Cultural Expression, Commodity Fetishism, and the Search for Community

Michael Niblett

in The Caribbean Novel since 1945: Cultural Practice, Form, and the Nation-State

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032479
eISBN:
9781617032486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032479.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the increasingly fraught representations of individuals and communities in the 1970s and 1980s, as the shortcomings of various national projects became ever more apparent or, as ... More


The Power of Oil?: Energy, Machines, and the Forces of Capital

Matthew T. Huber

in Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677849
eISBN:
9781452947402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677849.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

This chapter states that discourses on commodity fetishism are often framed under the “commodity chain analysis,” with the goal to unveil the real social relations behind the commodity. The truth ... More


The Propriety of Property: Resettlement and the Pursuit of Belonging

D. Asher Ghertner

in Rule By Aesthetics: World-Class City Making in Delhi

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199385560
eISBN:
9780190263324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385560.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter 6 follows the political implications of slum residents’ positive identifications with private property, charting how the world-class aesthetic and the restructuring of Delhi’s economy created ... More


A Brief History of a Tomato

Alex V. Barnard

in Freegans: Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816698110
eISBN:
9781452954295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698110.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

The chapter begins by following a tomato from the fields of Mexico to the curb of New York City. Consumers are increasingly aware of the exploitation of land and labor that goes into bringing ... More


The Magic Chain: Interdimensional Movement in the Supply Chain for the “Black Minerals”

James H. Smith

in The Eyes of the World: Mining the Digital Age in the Eastern DR Congo

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226774350
eISBN:
9780226816050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226816050.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 3 examines the part of the 3 T minerals supply chain that is visible in Congo, focusing especially on the interactions among indigenous peoples, diggers, middlepersons, and various state ... More


Idle Worship

Eric L. Santner

in The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190254087
eISBN:
9780190254117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190254087.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In response to the three commentaries, this chapter revisits the notion of “flesh” in light of recent work by Jacob Rogozinski on “egocide.” The chapter engages with Honig’s allegorical reading of ... More


The Ubiquity and Ambiguity of Routinized Business Innovation

Eitan Y. Wilf

in Creativity on Demand: The Dilemmas of Innovation in an Accelerated Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226606835
eISBN:
9780226607023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226607023.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter introduces the main question the book addresses, namely how to explain the rise in innovation’s popularity together with the mounting suspicion that innovation has become a catch-all ... More


“Listening to the Voice of the Product”: Human Creativity Displaced

Eitan Y. Wilf

in Creativity on Demand: The Dilemmas of Innovation in an Accelerated Age

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226606835
eISBN:
9780226607023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226607023.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter argues that although it might appear that Romantic creativity has been eradicated from the innovation process by means of its algorithmic-like structure, in practice such creativity has ... More


The Problem Is Inequality, Not Private Property and Markets

Jon D. Wisman

in The Origins and Dynamics of Inequality: Sex, Politics, and Ideology

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780197575949
eISBN:
9780197575970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197575949.003.0013
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Capitalism has always had vociferous critics, none of whom was more insightful than Marx. He recognized that although capitalism produced unprecedented wealth, behind its ideological patina of ... More


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